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Painting by Arleen Joseph

“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”

~ Ram Dass

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“You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you; what gives You life, breath, and depth.”

~ Joseph Campbell

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History, as people used to say, is written in the depths of the individual human soul. And the deeply troubled time in which we all find ourselves is a story still being written. If we insist on denying a genuine sense of humanity to some, we can only continue to lose our way and further lose our own souls. If we open ourselves to the understanding that we are literally all in the same story, each suffering in our own way, we may find genuine ways to help heal and protect each other while restoring a sense of genuine humanity in ways that bring more meaning and more soul and more beauty to the world. — Michael Meade

If we can become kind human beings, we’ve got a good chance of surviving on this planet. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? All we have to do is see and love the world, which implies protecting and preserving it. What do you think? Are you hopeful?

I think the jury’s still out. It’s not a done deal. How does one awaken a heart that has shrunk to the size of a pea, that has swooned into a seductive fantasy of survival of the fittest or easy riches?

We’re not facing the challenge we think we are. We see a technical problem. We don’t notice our own inhumanity, which is the real source of our pandemic. A world functioning on the energies of empathy wouldn’t have this problem.

If we misidentify the issue, it will come back to haunt us until we can see it clearly.

Our feckless “leaders” are not exactly visionaries. The few visionaries we do have are ignored, reduced to crying in the wind. The so-called real world is bored by talk of climate change and species extinction. It wants to get on with the true purpose of life, making money. Who cares that some obscure little frog is on the brink of disappearing forever?

Only a heart capable of caring can save the world. As long as we don’t see that, our continued existence is not assured.

We are all caught in this drama of the heart now. A worldwide culture of predation threatens us all, right down to that little frog living its life in the forest.

America is a strange case of generalized indifference that is shocking the rest of the world. Nobody knew that hate was so rooted in the populace. As America goes down the tubes, the rest of the world is helpless to know what to do. Foreign leaders and diplomats are reduced to looking on and wringing their hands. They’ve never seen this before.

What can we do? Speak up, take a side, vote. Soon those rights may become distant memories. Ignorance and indifference have become common. That, combined with vote suppression, can bring the whole American experiment down.

What would you do if someone you loved was trying to commit suicide? That’s our situation. Good people who can see and speak are needed in this emergency.

Letting others carry the load is not an option.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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